This week, it could be a doubly rejuvenated Oregon team that enters the Moshofsky Center on Monday. Not only did the now-No. 5 Ducks rebound with a 44-21 victory over Utah on Saturday, but Stanford lost at USC, putting Oregon back in the driver's seat in the Pac-12 North division.
"We got some help from a strange friend," Helfrich said Sunday evening. "That's a reality. But a lot of things can happen between wherever we are now and wherever we're supposed to be.
"We need to take care of right now."
■ Dale Newton talks about rising above adversity with a little help.
■ Oregon moved up to #5 in the AP and BCS polls.
■ The game at Arizona next Saturday will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN2 and airs at 12:30 pm local time.
■ Victor Flores lays out the talking points from Mark Helfrich during the teleconference yesterday afternoon.
■ Kyle Bonagura talks about what we learned in the Pac-12 this week.
For the first time all year, Oregon seems destined for the Rose Bowl -- the game, not just the stadium. The Ducks were pegged for the national title game before losing to Stanford last week, which figured to have shipped them to a BCS bowl elsewhere. But after USC’s upset win over the Cardinal, Oregon again stands to host the Pac-12 championship game, which will send the winner to the Rose Bowl.